Today I am going to share a few more examples of how the Father works in and within you to create distinctiveness so you can fulfill your calling. Let’s gather more insight, coming from the Parable of the talents, (Matthew 25:14 – 30) illustrating how your natural thought processes and skills are used as “seed capital” for prosperity in life. You will note that I said “prosperity,” not “riches.” The “seed capital” is God’s foreknowledge of what you would need to fulfill your role and reach your Kingdom position. It is necessary to have an open heart to accept and receive the favors He designed for you. They will not be like those of anyone else.
You must also be willing to use your talents to the best of your ability. You should not condemn, talk down, or minimize what you have been given; in fact, your first responsibility is to recognize your personal uniqueness. Only after you have embraced your design will you be able to properly seek guidance for using your Father’s design of gifts and talents. Your parents (we) were actually commanded to help you do that, according to Proverbs 22:6 – not make you into what we thought you ought to be. That is why we encouraged you to embrace His favor and your uniqueness. In doing so your joy will be full, and you will be able to work “as unto the Lord.”
When you work “as unto the Lord,” you will have great freedom to access the Kingdom. Heaven’s resources will be opened and will flow to you based on the Father’s knowledge of your needs and your obedience to your image. That is exactly what the first two fellows did in Christ’s parable of the talents. These two men, using the abilities God designed for them, put their talents to work. God blessed them for using what they had—not what someone else had. You will notice that their talents are never compared to the others; neither did they complain about the talents they were given. When it came time to settle the accounts, each servant volunteered the results of his efforts—they did not have to be asked. Each man understood that he alone was responsible for what he had been given. Even the fellow who did nothing with his talents returned them to the master—an act which acknowledged the source of the talent and his understanding that he was accountable for it.
Based on this, consider Christ’s statements in Matthew 24:45-46 regarding His return at the Father’s direction: “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.”
Like these servants, you are supposed to be doing what you were designed to do. In this case, the servant in the parable is responsible for feeding others. He was not to be preaching, leading a Bible study, going out on visitation or even evangelizing; he was to use his abilities as they were designed for him as part of his Father’s image.
Society causes biases toward certain aptitudes, honoring one talent as more valuable than another, but God does not see things that way anymore than He sees greater or lesser sin. The only way you can see your innate abilities properly is through a Kingdom (or timeless) view. Otherwise, you fall into the trap of comparison and lose your ability to joyously celebrate others’ success.
Finally, notice that God did not describe for what the talents of the people in the parable were used. All talents are considered equal in God’s eyes. So, the key is not how much money or recognition your talents bring, but how the talents are used for the fulfillment of your image, including their impact on those around you. The doors to God’s Kingdom open for you as you become more of the image He created. As you explore this image, you will grow to know the character of the One who lovingly provided you with a piece of Himself.